Take that, Amazon and Walmart: Kroger sales surge

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Description: So much for Amazon and Walmart killing the grocery business. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Nov 30, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/30/investing/kroger-sales-supermarket-amazon-whole-foods-walmart/index.html Questions for discussion: Explain the financial results at Kroger. What criteria should analysts be looking at in order to evaluate food retailers?

As U.S. Debates Ending Electric Car Tax Credit, China Aims to Expand Sales

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Description: GUANGZHOU, China — In the United States, politicians were to vote on Thursday on a proposal that included repeal of a $7,500 tax credit for buyers of electric cars. In China, auto executives from around the world were gathering to talk about ambitious plans to sell more of those vehicleshere. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 16,… Read more »

Not America’s beer? Bud sales fall in U.S.

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Description: This Bud’s not for you? Anheuser-Busch InBev, the owner of Budweiser, Bud Light and Stella Artois, said that beer sales in the U.S. fell 5.6% in the third quarter. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Oct 26, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/26/investing/anheuser-busch-inbev-budweiser-beer-sales/index.html Questions for discussion: What might explain poor sales? What does the report suggest about… Read more »

eMarketer Releases New Worldwide Ad Spending Estimates

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Description: Spending on paid media worldwide will increase 7.0% in 2017 to $584.14 billion Source: eMarker.com Date: Oct 16, 2017 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/Article/eMarketer-Releases-New-Worldwide-Ad-Spending-Estimates/1016621?ecid=NL1009 Questions for discussion: What do these figures tell investors? Which stocks do you think will partake in this predicted spending growth?

The Lawyer Who Beat Big Tobacco Takes On the Opioid Industry

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Description: Mike Moore made cigarette companies pay for the high cost of treating smokers. Here he comes again. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Oct 05, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-10-05/the-lawyer-who-beat-big-tobacco-takes-on-the-opioid-industry Questions for discussion: What are the legal and managerial implications for the pharmacuetiucal industry that are raised in this article? How should investors regard this information, as a risk… Read more »

China’s tech stocks are partying like it’s 1999

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Description: Shares in China’s biggest internet companies are on a tear this year, but some investors think things have gone too far. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Oct 05, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/05/investing/china-tech-bubble/index.html Questions for discussion: What is the basis for concern with current stock valuations? Do you share this concern? Do you agree with… Read more »

Kellogg CEO John Bryant Out as the Big Food Mass CEO Exodus Continues

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Description: He will be replaced by the CEO of Nature’s Bounty. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Sep 27, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2fUaJeh Questions for discussion: Why are there so many turnovers of CEOs in this industry? Do you think the solution to industry-level problems can be solved by changing CEOs? How should investors respond to… Read more »

BMI Distributes More Than $1 Billion in Music Royalties

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Description: In 2015, the music licensing agency BMI reached $1 billion in revenue for the first time, and Michael O’Neill, the company’s chief executive, predicted that it would take another three years before the agency could, after expenses, pay $1 billion in royalties to its songwriters and music publishers. BMI reached its goal one year early. Source:… Read more »

Bill Nye Files $37 Million Suit Against Disney Over Royalties

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Description: Bill Nye filed a $37 million lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company and a number of its subsidiaries on Thursday, alleging that he was deprived of $9 million in profits from his show, “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” which originally ran from 1993 to 1998 on PBS. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Aug 25, 2017 Link:… Read more »